• Food and Faith

    Students left class today talking about the ethics of the hotdog (more or less): How do we honor the people and creatures to whom we are connected through food? How do we eat in ways that herald the Kingdom and witness to the reconciling work of Christ? How does the death implied in our eating fit with the goodness of creation? This year’s Topics in Theology class, focused on the doctrine of creation, has nearly wrapped up. Our final book has been Norman Wirzba’s Food and Faith.  Quite honestly, it’s one of the best books of theological ethics I’ve read this year. Wirzba’s writing is engaging; it encourages creative reflection and praxis. Here’s a long quotation from the former Albertan:

    “Will there be eating in heaven? Though no definitive or precise answer can be given, [I] will argue that eating of some form will occur. Why? Because eating is one of the most fundamental ways we know for enacting communion. Because eating affirms the resurrection of a body that is what it is because of its relationships with other bodies. Because eating is so deeply intertwined with life’s movements that to remove it would be to render living unintelligible to us. And because eating is a sharing in the primordial, eternal hospitality that is a mark of God’s Triune life. This is not to suggest that the eating characteristic of heavenly life is a direct continuation of the eating we do now. If our eating is to witness to heaven, it will need to be transformed by Christ. Insofar as we learn to co-abide with him, eating can become a sacrament, the daily sign that the world we call our garden, kitchen, and home is also the home of God.” (216-7)